Bailey Middleton

Bailey Middleton


Bailey is a third year double majoring in Biology and Global Studies with a concentration in Public Health. She is interested in health disparities amongst minority and marginalized populations in the United States, and the impact of mental health on a person’s physical health and well being. When she isn’t writing for Iris, Bailey is working on maternal health research, or volunteering with UVA’s chapter of Lean on Me. She also enjoys doing yoga and going to poetry open mic nights! 

bare tree with raindrops falling from it

What do you do when you’re sad?

I stand tall. 

I become like a tree: 

Portrait of Caroline

Caroline Silvera applied to Iris magazine one year ago as a second year without any writing experience. Surprising right? Most wouldn’t guess by the variety and depth of her pieces, not to mention the title of “author” beneath her name on the Iris website, that she had never considered herself a writer before. 

angel wings on blackground

I want to go back to that night. Just for a moment. Just to escape. 

splotches of color: purple, pink, orange

Dear Man with the Matches, 

Do you remember seeing a gaggle of college kids making their way down the street late one night?

Pink hearts, necklaces, flowers and multicolored bright hydro flask water bottles on a pink background.

In the fall of my junior year of high school, the athletics program mandated an assembly for all the female athletes, stuffing our already cramped cafeteria full with apathetic girls.

Two hands clasped

To my friends, 

You are the pieces of my puzzle that make me whole. This is for you :)    

image of grey flowers on a black

In the United States, including all 50 states and Washington D.C, only 7% of professors are Black, despite Black people making up about 13% of the total population.

graduation tassle

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what my life will look like after graduation. What job will I have? Will I be rich? Will I be happy? 

image of roses in vases

In the quiet nights of winter 
The air sighs with an icy chill 

clocks on starry background

After watching the Oscar-winning movie Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, I was intrigued by how the characters were able to jump through dimensions and experience different realities based on the choices they made.

rosey swirl pattern

I want to get a workout in today. Should I go to the gym? No, that’s too scary. Actually, never mind, I'll go lift so I can feel strong and productive. Ok now that I’m here I’m really nervous. I kinda want to go home, but I'll just go inside anyway. I can do this!